Weight gain affects around 90 percent of women between the age of 35 and 55. So many women complain of weight gain during perimenopause. Despite their best efforts to shed the extra pound, the weight seems determined to stay, stubbornly. Do you know weight gain is very common among menopausal women? It affects around 90 percent of women between the age of 35 and 55.
A few extra pounds can damage a woman’s self-esteem. It is also linked to other health problems – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer. The extra weight gained during menopause is mostly gathered around the waist. Some women notice enlarged breasts too. It is difficult to get rid of the fat on these parts of the body.
However, my recommendations can help you combat the root causes of weight gain, and improve your menopause health in the long term, through a combination of exercise, diet changes, stress management and menopause supplements for weight gain.
What Are the Causes?
There are a few factors that can contribute to the increase in body weight. Most common causes for menopausal weight gain are:
- – Hormone changes
- – Slower metabolism
- – Stress levels
Hormone Changes during Menopause
Estrogen is the female hormone that causes ovulation each month. When you enter peri menopause, your ovaries produce less of it. To make up for the reduced level of estrogen, your body turns to another supply of this form of female hormone – fat tissue.
Fat cells can produce estrogen but they don’t burn calories as well as muscle cells.
Fluctuations of hormone levels during menopause are the main reason for your undesired weight gain.
It is widely known that as we age, our metabolism slows down. Our modern lifestyle does not help to maintain a high metabolism either.
In modern society, we consume too many foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, preservatives, pesticides, trans fats, toxins and super sugars. In addition to that, we are less mobile.
A lack of exercise and high-carb foods can contribute to high blood sugar and insulin resistance, i.e. your body cells become resistant to its insulin’s effects.
The side effects of insulin resistance? You may be experiencing some of them:
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Low level of energy
- Increased hunger